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Explore Your Sanctuary

There's a lot to see and do when you visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!


Things to do

For those who love nature and outdoor activities, the sanctuary offers exciting adventures for everyone. Whether it's watching whales, paddling in the slough, reeling in salmon, exploring tide pools or diving among kelp forests, there is no more spectacular place to enjoy the ocean and outdoors.

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Visitor Centers

If you visit San Simeon or Santa Cruz, we hope you will stop by one of our interpretive centers to enjoy interactive exhibits and lively programs about the sanctuary with trained volunteers that will enrich your experience. Each visitor center is unique, offering a variety of different displays and programs. Learn more about sanctuary visitor centers and visitor centers operated by other environmental groups in the region.

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Live Web Cams

Check out these web cams that offer a view of amazing wildlife and the spectacular coast scenery of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

kelp forest webcam view


Before you explore Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, check out these links to get the most up-to-date information available for weather, sea and water quality conditions.

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Reviewed: April 11, 2024
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